West Point Class of 2024 begins 4-year journey at military academy
Hundreds of cadet candidates began their training at West Point Monday.
Highland Falls resident Abigail Gash was one of the cadets beginning her four-year journey at West Point.
The 19-year-old took part in Reception Day, where she transitioned from civilian to new cadet.
The military academy has put new health measures in place to limit the possible spread of coronavirus.
New cadets are screened before entering. They must wear masks and social distance.
"It's hand-washing, it's spacing, it's disciplined adherence to not only protecting yourself, but protecting others," says U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rob Kenny.
Once cadets test negative for COVID-19, they get their initial military clothing, receive haircuts and get their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline.
The West Point Class of 2024 is made up of 1,200 new cadets out of 16,000 applicants.
Candidates will make it to Acceptance Day in August if they make it through cadet basic training.
Academy officials say at least four new cadets have tested positive for the coronavirus and are being treated in isolation and quarantine before they can rejoin the rest of their class.
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